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Published on May 13th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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How to Cope with Anxiety in College

By Kelsie Crocker

Missing class due to shaking, paranoia, nausea, stomach aches, and headaches is a weekly occurrence for me. I suffer from anxiety one of the most common mental health disorders seen among college students. Struggling with anxiety has been one of the hardest struggles in transitioning into college and being successful in my time at the University of South Carolina. Although anxiety can be crippling at many times there are a variety of steps that can be taken to alleviate the stressors of anxiety. As a college student trying to balance school and work coping with the side effects of anxiety is one of the hardest day to day task but communicating effectively with your university and professors helps ensure that you are always stronger than your anxiety.

One of the biggest stressors throughout college is the ability to keep up with school and work and maintaining your grades and scholarships. At some points students suffering from anxiety disorder struggle to get out of bed on a hard day let alone finish a paper or make it to class on time. When you have an anxiety disorder these somewhat easy task become a nearly impossible mission when most days you are just trying to make it to the end of the day. Academically there are many resources that you can take advantage of to ensure that your grades are not affected by anxiety. Many universities have programs that allow for students to file for disability services that allows for a range of disabilities including mental health disorders like anxiety. These programs allow students to be flexible with test times, deadlines on homework, and any other conflicting school work that is caused by the student’s disability. This gives students that suffer from anxiety disorder the ability to achieve their academic goals and perform their best in the classroom, but also improve their mental health and wellbeing outside of the classroom.

Another great resource to take advantage of is talking with your professors at the beginning of the semester to discuss your anxiety and the possible complications it can cause throughout the course. In most cases professors are very understanding of medical conditions like anxiety that limit students both in and out of the classroom. Communicating with your professors about the chance of missing class on a bad day when your anxiety is making you sick, or needing extended time on an assignment due to complications from your anxiety allows for a positive relationship between you and your professor and allows for your professor to understand your limitations upfront.

Although my anxiety has limited me in many ways in all aspects of life it has also taught me valuable life lessons that have allowed me to grow both academically and personally. I also remind myself that although I struggle with anxiety everyone around me struggles with something else too. At the end of the day we are all human and as a college student it is easy to become overwhelmed and anxious about the unknown things in life. Even in this transitional time it is a monumental time for growth and self-realization and with the proper resources and communication skills there are many ways to effectively cope with anxiety while at college.

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